b'Beginning in the fall of 2020, the roll out of FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccines signaled that hope was on the horizon and we may soon see an end to this unprecedented global pandemic. Through our partnerships with local and state health organizations, associates across many of our operations were starting to receive free vaccinations, as the company worked persistently to fulfill our commitment to provide all associates access to a vaccine.Early on in March 2020, Perdue established an internal CoronavirusThe pandemic shed a harsh light onWe also directed protein donations Response Task Force to helpthe ongoing issue of food insecurity.to support frontline health-care navigate the potential impactsFor many Americans, the pandemicworkers and first responders, to our business. Throughout theforced thousands of people to seekand to support community-based pandemic, Perdue was ahead ofassistance with putting a meal onhunger-relief programs. the curve in putting measures inthe table for the first time. As a place to mitigate COVID-19 oftenfood company, Perdue Farms wasAs we navigate forward amid the before guidance from publicuniquely positioned to help. pandemic, we remain committed health experts evolved. In fact,to keeping our associates, their at our invitation, U.S. Centers forThrough our decades-longfamilies and our communities safe, Disease Control and Preventionpartnership with Feeding Americawhile keeping food on tables across (CDC) officials toured a numberand our Delivering Hope To Ourthe nation.of our food-production facilitiesNeighbors hunger-relief initiative, and they recognized our extensivePerdue Farms donated more thanWe will continue to be guided by our incremental mitigation practices asfour million pounds of protein101-year heritage and our values best-in-class.to Feeding America-affiliatedof quality, integrity, teamwork food banks in our communitiesand stewardship, while working In December, Perdue Farms calledand beyond. (See related storyhard to fulfill our vision to be the on the CDC to prioritize essentialDelivering Hope To Our Neighborsmost trusted name in food and meat and poultry workers, andAmid The Pandemic on page 38.) agricultural products.their families and co-habitants, for vaccine prioritization as part of the Phase 1b of distribution. Perdue also offered resources to assist the CDC and states in this effort, recognizing that a successful vaccine program would require partnership between government and private industry.9 PEOPLE & PARTNERSCompany & Business Partners'